Monday, April 22, 2013

Going Buggy!

Hey Science Friends,
Lots has been going on and planning for the end of the year has me going buggy! It is hard to believe that this year is ending because it is going by so fast. I promised my class I would make them something a little buggy for next week. Since we completed our research writing on frogs the kids have actually begged me to start another writing project. And considering our last research project really inspired us as writer's I decided to go for it. And after a lot of discussion we all wanted to focus this writing on some interesting insects. I have to admit it but I think the kids got me kind of excited.
My class this year was very excited when we were putting our work on display. I think after two weeks of work we all might have been a little excited to see just about anything in a final stage. But I was surprised to realize that the kids thought how something was displayed was important. So, it kind of inspired me to create the craftivity you see above. I just wanted something that would hold two of our best pieces of work. I am kind of excited to show the kids.
As I was preparing for the week ahead, I was going through some of my books and I was starting to realize just how much fun the next few weeks will be with all the great books I have collected over the years. And I was inspired to order a few more to make some perfect fiction and non fiction pairs. What about all of those Eric Carle books paired with these? 

Each of these would be a perfect match for all of those Eric Carle titles!

 So what are going to do exactly?
We are going to read like crazy and get on the internet and learn some facts. We are going to ask questions and seek answers to our questions. We are going to use thinking maps as a way to plan for our writing. We are going to take a real close look at some plastic insects and determine if it is in fact a real insect or not. We are going outside for some field investigations and observe insects in the natural world. We are going to record those observations in pictures, writing and words in our science notebooks. We are going to communicate like Scientists and share our observations and recordings with each other. We are going to plan and conduct simple investigations. We are going to create some models of insects. And we are going to have so much fun doing it! I can't wait.
Have fun investigating friends...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lend A Helping Hand!


Hey Science Friends,
I was recently contacted by my blogging friend Crystal from Kreative in Kinder and she asked me to join her and so many others to help the teachers from West ISD after the explosion last week. I was more than happy to help out these teachers and I knew that you guys would want to help too. This fundraiser is a wonderful way to reach out and help a fellow teacher and impact the children they work with. I am IN and I hope you are too! So here are the details... By donating $25.00 you will be helping the teachers and children of West ISD and you will get over $140.00 products from me and my blogging friends! These are some wonderful products that you can use in your classroom AND this helps the teachers at WEST ISD. It is really simple and a great way to send support to a fellow teacher in need! Nothing feels better than Teachers Taking Care of Teachers, nothing! So, I hope you join me. You can also help by spreading the word for this fundraiser and together WE CAN make a difference for Teachers and Children in Texas!


What an amazing way to help. If you are interested in donating to this fundraiser where ALL donations will go directly to the teachers of West ISD. All you have to do is click the link Teachers Taking Care of Teachers and fill out the simple form. So, what are you waiting for? Let's do this!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Earth Day Recycled Hats!


Hey Science Friends,
Are you looking for an activity to do with children that will provide some hands-on fun while you are having tons of Earth Day fun? I have the perfect project for you. Earth Day recycled hats are so much fun and a perfect way to show how we can use recycled materials to male something useful.
Overlay three or four sheets of newspaper on the table.
Place the paper on the head of your favorite Earth Day model.
Use masking tape to tape around the head.
Staple the pieces together.
Cut around the edges and fluff!
Admire your creation! Model and admire, admire and model.
Let the creativity begin!
The best part is that everyone can be dressed and ready for your Earth Day festivities and hats just make you feel so happy. And when Earth Day is over you have a super hat for your newly inspired Green Recycling Team!

Grab your Earth Day Poem and share the love! Click on the image to get yours.
And here is the link for free Earth Day Hat Decorations! Click on the image to get yours!



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